Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the supply, storage and distribution of goods, products and services produced and used by organisations.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution or a related field is needed to work as a Supply, Distribution or Procurement Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers.

    Tasks

    • determining, implementing and monitoring purchasing, storage and distribution strategies, policies and plans
    • preparing and implementing plans to maintain required stock levels at minimum cost
    • negotiating contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements
    • monitoring and reviewing storage and inventory systems to meet supply requirements and control stock levels
    • operating recording systems to track all movements of supplies and finished goods, and ensuring re-ordering and re-stocking at optimal times
    • liaising with other departments and customers concerning requirements for outward goods and associated forwarding transportation
    • overseeing the recording of purchase, storage and distribution transactions
    • directing staff activities and monitoring their performance

    More about Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

    All Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

    All Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

    • $2,519 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 45,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 22% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 45,200 in 2018 to 49,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 22,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,519 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 22% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200829600
    200925800
    201031300
    201132300.0
    201234300
    201336100
    201430800
    201541300
    201645200
    201743400
    201845200
    202349200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings25191460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing32.8
    Manufacturing14.8
    Wholesale Trade11.7
    Public Administration and Safety9.2
    Other Industries31.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.531.6
    VIC28.125.6
    QLD17.320.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA10.110.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-241.8-9.39.3
    25-3417.9-22.922.9
    35-4430.1-22.022.0
    45-5430.3-21.621.6
    55-5910.8-9.09.0
    60-646.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate12.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree21.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.4-21.121.1
    Year 1219.0-18.118.1
    Year 114.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below10.5-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution or a related field is needed to work as a Supply, Distribution or Procurement Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      73% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Administration and Management

      70% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      68% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Mathematics

      67% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Education and Training

      61% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9199.04 - Supply Chain Managers.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      100% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      97% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Work With Work Group or Team

      90% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9199.04 - Supply Chain Managers.

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